Though the increasing relevance of download eShop sales can take away from the lustre of physical retail charts, there’s still monthly interest in the NPD figures that show results for US stores. This is particularly the case in November, with Nintendo opting to show off its market leading hardware sales to emphasize its success in the Thanksgiving / Black Friday week.
In terms of software, there are also some other success stories for the Switch. First of all the notable arrival of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl saw the duo of releases claim third place for November, losing out to Call of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042. As shown by Mat Piscatella of NPD Group, the Pokémon releases also jumped straight into the year-to-date top 10, claiming 8th spot.
Though Shin Megami Tensei V only made its debut in 16th place, its results were a new high for the series (in terms of dollar sales).
As mentioned above, none of this includes download eShop sales in the US market, but does give a valuable insight into what consumers were buying in stores or as physical copies online. Overall, there were some positive results from a Switch perspective.